Coronavirus Monitoring Continues, Threat to General Population Remains Low

SALISBURY, NC – Fifteen people in the United States have tested positive for the Coronavirus as of Thursday evening. Cabarrus county, North Carolina joins the list of local counties monitoring people for possible exposure.

“It’s very scary,” said Patty Carolan, a Cabarrus county resident.

“Like everybody else, you worry about it when it comes close to home or closer to home, and then I think ill worry, continued Carolan.

Rowan County is monitoring a handful of people who have returned from mainland China, but are not showing any symptoms.

” Once they return, we make contact with them. They check their temperatures twice a day. We call them daily. We get those temperatures, we log, we ask about symptoms,” said Meredith Littell, the county Nursing Director.

She says people are self monitoring in their homes with supervision of the local health department. She says the general public doesn’t need to worry.

Along with Rowan, health departments in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Union counties continue to monitor a small number of people.

While there are no confirmed Coronavirus cases in North Carolina, 15 people have tested positive throughout the united states.

Meantime, an infectious disease doctor at Atrium Health says they’ve trained front line staff to detect incoming patients with possible symptoms.

“We are looking to make sure we screen appropriately and have processes in place to identify and isolate,” said Dr. Anu Neelakanta.

She says while there is concern and focus on Coronavirus, the seasonal flu poses a far greater threat to the general public.

“More number of patients are infected with the flu and for the Coronavirus we are definitely at the lower risk,” said Neelakanta.